Something unusual today. I managed to find a listing for an Amish home in Colorado (not currently for sale). This won’t remind you much of other homes we’ve seen (at least not on the outside). This is the Westcliffe community in Custer County.
Not a lot of Amish in the Centennial State – only five settlements, most just one church in size. With few other Amish people around and generally being remote from Amish population centers, that lowers the pool of potential buyers from your own community. So listing online to a wider market makes sense.
Additionally, Western Amish churches tend towards being more materially progressive. This might make a sale to an English buyer more likely (since the home will be closer in some ways to English styles and standards). To take two examples of this, see this very plain no-plumbing home in Missouri, vs. a more progressive home in Kentucky, which more closely resembles an English abode.
This Colorado home has the feel of a ranch. Indeed it’s described as a “mini-ranch” in the listing. And how about that absolutely spectacular view. That had to play a part in drawing Amish to this part of the country.
Inside, you can see that this is a more progressive church by things like the lighting and general decor.
How about gazing out those windows while munching your morning Cheerios.
Not to harp on it too much, but the view through those windows is unreal. Looks more like two paintings flanking a classic grandfather clock.
Clearly a hunter’s home.
Antlers even find their way into the bathroom decor.
The home has 4 bedrooms.
A complicated looking battery/inverter power setup. This is what powers the light bulbs you see in this more progressive Amish home.
A more traditional sign of Amishness.
As we saw in the one photo up top, someone at this place does boot repair.
Looks like they handle saddles and other leatherwork as well.
Back to that view.
The Sangre de Cristo mountain range.
Rustic-looking shed. Is that an antelope skull attached to it? Again, not typical “Amish” sights here.
But we do spot one horse-drawn vehicle.
This home has 4 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, and is 2560 square feet in size, on nearly 40 acres of land. The price?
It was last listed in 2018 at $360,000, but is now estimated at $242,000, according to realtor.com.
The home, as mentioned, is off the market. Was it ever sold? Hard to say. The location is remote, but if you are drawn to places like this, what an attractive spot to land.